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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freshwater Shrimp

"Freshwater Shrimp" was written by YellowStoneFly at the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. For other simple fly tying instructions, suggested Idaho rivers and fishing techniques visit our blog often. In the summertime, look in shallow, warm shoals for shrimp. Check out the color and size (most will be 8-12) before tying. Most large rivers are loaded with these critters. Hungry trout love them and you will frequently get very dramatic takes particularly on the swing just before the re-cast. Idaho fly fishers like to dangle this fly just below the surface and "twitch" the rod a couple of times before the next cast. This is a great technique if you are wade fishing in shallow areas. Some fly tiers prefer a more curved hook than pictured below. I like this hook because, when swimming, the shrimp tend to straighten out. Just make sure your uropods (tail made from phesant tippet) extend to the curve and point slightly down.

*** If you desire eyes on your shrimp, take a piece of 1-0 tippet and cut 1/8"-1/4" piece and add a drop of epoxy glue to each end. After it dries, color black with a permanent maker and tie in pattern just behind biots on top of the shank.
Wrap thread and then strands of phesant tippet.

Add flashbou to body. Wrap to curve.

Add silver wire for weight and body segments.

Now add dubbing of choice. Thicker toward eye.

Tie in goose biots for antennae.

Swing flashbou forward and tie in behind biots.

Wrap silver wire forward and tie behind biots.

Half hitch tread behind biots. Head glue if desired. Done.

Live shrimp. *** Can add eyes if desired. See above.
Come on over, or up as the case may be, and try Idaho fly fishing. We have beautiful country here and rivers that will blow your socks off. Fly fishing Idaho and the northwest should be a "bucket list" experience for all avid fly fishers. Is doesn't matter whether you live in the US, Canada, Russia, England or China, if you love the sport, you owe it to yourself to try us out.

Happy Idaho fly fishing,

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